Meredith’s Talk: Collaboration is not efficient. But collaborative leadership like co-pastoring slowly moves us closer to the kingdom of God.
Meredith Dodd is a United Methodist pastor of a small multiethnic congregation on the edge of Seattle. In her work with the Board of Ordained Ministry, she serves as vocational discernment coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. Her writing has been published in Sojourners,The Christian Century, as well as in “Filling The Void: Voices From The None Zone,” an anthology of essays describing what effective ministry can look like in one of the least religious areas of the United States. In Meredith’s first career, she taught high school and community college, working primarily with second-language learners who taught her the power of cross-cultural collaboration. Currently, she is finishing a book about trauma, parenting, and the theology of the body. When she is not pastoring or writing, Meredith lives with her husband and three boys (ages 9, 11 and 14) outside Seattle, where she continues her lifelong quest for the perfect cup of hot chocolate.